Liller Appointed Interim Dean and Associate Vice President

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2008) University of South Florida Provost and Senior Vice President Ralph Wilcox and Vice President for Research and Innovation Karen Holbrook announced today the appointment of Karen Liller, PhD, as interim dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for research and innovation. The appointment is effective Aug. 25.

Liller has been a member of the USF College of Public Health faculty for 20 years, the last four years as associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs of the college. She led many vital and successful initiatives in the college, such as the development of dual degree programs, including the master of public health and the doctor of jurisprudence (MPH/JD), the undergraduate minor in public health, and the revamping and refinement of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Liller also spent several years in the College of Education as a graduate student, earning her advanced degrees from USF: a master’s degree in technical education along with Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees in curriculum and instruction.

She is a nationally and internationally known researcher in children’s injury prevention and control with 100 peer and editorially reviewed publications, several book chapters, more than 45 published project and technical reports, 140 professional presentations, and the text, "Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice, and Advocacy," to her credit.

"By accepting this appointment, Dr. Liller has committed to leading the growth and success of graduate education at USF through building teams across the university to enhance interdisciplinary education, research, and innovation," said Wilcox. "We fully anticipate that she will be calling on many faculty and administrators across the university to partner with the Graduate School to achieve the bold and ambitious goals set forth in the strategic plan."

"Dr. Liller has articulated a strong vision for graduate education and for bringing together the university’s breadth of graduate programs,” said Holbrook. "She has many innovative ideas and understands the important intersection that exists between research and graduate education. We are very pleased that she has accepted this position."

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs